Issue of December 31, 2017
Mt. Province

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Goal for zero firecracker injury dashed by one ‘passive’ case
by Aileen P. Refuerzo / PIO

The city government’s hope to achieve a zero firecracker-related casualty this year was dashed by one passive case recorded last Dec. 28, the City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit of the City Health Services Office said.

CESU Head Donnabel Tubera said the victim is an 18-year-old male from Pinsao Proper barangay who sustained a blasting injury in his small finger (right hand) caused by a piccolo lit and thrown by a child along his way.

He was managed as outpatient at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.

Tubera said this was the first firecracker-related injury recorded this year.  

Last year for the same period, the city had zero case.

At the close of New Year revelry last year, the city had a total of eight injuries recorded although 15 submitted themselves for check-up.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan and CHSO head Dr. Rowena Galpo expressed hopes that the city will have fewer cases this year.

The CHSO advised the public that “there is no safe firecracker and pyrotechnic devices.”

“If injured, wash wounds with flowing water for five minutes then rush to the hospital, do not pick up unlit paputok, and just join community fireworks display manned by a pyrotechnician.”

In a press statement, the Office of the Executive Secretary issued a prohibition on the sale, manufacture, distribution, and use of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices which contain gunpowder exceeding two grams or 1.3 teaspoons or those using sulfur and/or phosphorus mixed with chlorates.

Also prohibited are piccolo, super lolo, whistle bomb, goodbye earth, and atomic big trianggulo.  

“We likewise ask the public to take note of the list of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices allowed under Republic Act 7183, which include baby rocket, bawang, small trianggulo, pulling of strings, paper caps, el diablo, watusi, Judah’s belt, sky rocket (kwitis), and other types that are equivalent in explosive content,” the statement said.

The allowed pyrotechnic devices are sparklers, lusis, fountain, jumbo regular and special, mabuhay, Roman candle, trompillo, airwolf, butterfly, all kinds of pyrotechnic devices, and other types equivalent to the foregoing devices. 

The Executive Secretary also reminded that “Executive Order 28, which the President signed earlier this year, provides for the regulation and control of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices. The EO limits the use of allowable firecrackers to community fireworks display. Such use qualifies as community fireworks display if they are conducted as part of a celebration held in a venue other than the place of residence, and under the supervision of a trained person licensed by the Philippine National Police, and allowed by the municipality or city through a permit which specifies the date, time, and specific area in which it will be conducted.”

Pyrotechnic devices that are allowed such as sparklers may be used within residential premises, according to the statement.

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